Enabling high-performance and secure content delivery and scalability throughout the public sector, including higher education; municipal, regional and national government; NGOs and nonprofits.
Varnish Software solutions for the public sector
The “public sector” is a broad umbrella term that encompasses a number of public and nonprofit entities as well as civic organizations and educational institutions. The public sector faces the same kinds of web performance and scalability challenges as exist in the private sector but also faces unique security and compliance requirements.
A good example is large government websites, such as whitehouse.gov or the much maligned healthcare.gov website, which was famously ineffective upon launch because the website simply could not manage the sheer volume of traffic. Because public sector entities represent public concerns (and therefore have a very large potential visitor base), high availability is key. In the case of the original healthcare.gov debacle, users faced outages and no fallback. For a key site and service of this type, having a high availability module in place to continue delivering the last-known good information, even if users could not actively sign up to the services offered, is essential.
No matter the size of the organization, providing up-to-date information at optimal speed and availability level, even in – perhaps especially in – crisis situations (such as, natural disasters), is critical. In environments where resources are limited and in which belts are tightening, an organization's web presence is often the primary method of communication. Ensuring a reliable, responsive information flow allows organizations to do more with less.
Varnish Software’s solutions allow for maintaining performance, flexibility and scalability while giving you the professional support needed, the transport security required for sensitive data and peace of mind.
Varnish Plus for the public sector helps enable:
- Scalability: Whether 3,000 or 30,000 people are trying to access the same content at the same time, you want to make sure your site can scale to deliver to whatever its traffic demands are.
- High availability: During peak traffic periods, ensure resilience and leave no one without information - reduce outages and always provide last-known-good information even in the worst case scenario.
- Expert support: Most public sector entities adopting open source solutions require full support in implemention. Varnish Plus comes with dedicated, professional support services from its developers.
- Video streaming: Higher-ed institutions, for example, are increasingly offering live online education modules. Video solutions - live and on-demand - are becoming more common in every organization for lectures, webinars, live meetings, etc., requiring performance and massive storage.
- Compliance/security: Public, civil and education sector entities handle exceptional amounts of sensitive and private data and require a secure way to send this information or sign-in to secure portals seamlessly - all without compromising performance.
- Flexibility to solve your unique challenges using unique implementations of Varnish Software solutions or tweaking Varnish VCL to get just the solution you need.
The Varnish API Engine for the public sector enables:
- All-in-one API management platform: Most organizations in the public and private sectors have exposed their APIs internally, privately or publicly. Now that this is virtually standard practice, API management is becoming more important and complex. While other solutions exist, not enough attention has been given to API performance. Performance is where the Varnish API Engine stands above other solutions. It delivers access control and security, rate limiting and other normal API management functions but goes well beyond that, allowing for running API processes fast and at at least 20,000 API requests per second.
- “Down but never out” – even in a crisis situation, your site continues to deliver the last-cached information until your servers are up and running again.
- Professional service and support from Varnish experts.
- Armor against DDoS attacks and security with SSL/TLS support
- Flexibility to take what you need: Varnish Software solutions are flexible enough to give you the ability to customize for your needs but also offer a complete, professional suite of their own, meaning you don’t need to create everything from scratch. Our solutions and support staff have you covered.
- API management with the Varnish API Engine: APIs are everywhere, and the public sector is no exception. With an unprecedented amount of data available for developers to create applications, mashups and visualization, the Varnish API Engine management solution ensures performance and security. While it is just one example, the US federal government launched its Open Government Directive (OGD) to expose U.S. government information stores to the general public via the website data.gov. More organizations and institutions - and governments - aim for this kind of transparency and ability to share and use information. A solid API management solution and strategy will help bring this vision to life and support future-oriented development as APIs drive the move toward the so-called “internet of things”.